Sunday, 26 June 2011
The ritualistic elements of sex and death in exploring spiritualist connection.
In the more spiritualist afro traditions of voodoo and Quimbanda we see a strong association between as in western philosophy the ideology of sex creation and death being dualist polar aspects of one form.In voodoo sex and death are marriages in the street aspects of the graveyard spirits the Gede , in Quimbanda united in Exu and pombia Gira. The ideas of the close relationships between sexuality and death between the transgressive aspects elemental foundations of both.Sex or sexuality in the physical sense as-well as a creative tool psychologically used in art and death as the final transgressive act in life have as subjects for myself as a artist and person for longtime held fascination. For myself ,death has become a huge part of my personnel life through losses I have endured of close ones and through my fathers links with spiritualism. In that death has been all around, my world , myself in full context , from an early age. Making this fascination death and exploration of death a natural progression always.This probly will explain my life long fascination with spiritualism and interest in spiritualist traditions such as voodoo , Quimbanda , Palo and Ifa also .Traditions which all in full context focus on death , as a major part of their cults the practices of shamanic veneration and honoring the dead.